Knicks 101, Celtics 77

Hey now. It wasn't pretty, but I'd say that was one of the Knicks' best all-around games of the year. Game notes:

- The 2-3 zone is an interesting idea. It certainly worked last night, and is worth going to in the future, but it's not gonna work as well against good 3-point shooting teams. Way to mix it up though.

- Might that have been a breakout game for Mittens (21/10)? Going up against Ben Wallace tonight should certainly serve to prove or dispell that notion.

- Donnie Wahlberg.

And that's why I'm not a Celtics fan.

- Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the Knicks are now 5-1 when they score more than 100 points.

- Doc Rivers is toast. He's always seemed like a cool guy, so I feel sorry for him. Hopefully this means he'll be back in the booth on national TV. He's a good announcer.

Unable to connect with his players, Doc has desperately resorted to ASL.

- Marbury didn't really do anything meaningful, but was all smiles on the bench after the game.

- Nothing pleases me more than seeing Paul PIerce on the bench, thumbing his stubble like a drunken vagrant. I hate the Celtics.


Anyway, the Knicks play the Bulls tonight at home. As mentioned, this is Curry's game to prove himself. A zone, however, might not be as effective, as Hinrich, Gordon, and Nocioni are all deadly 3-point shooters. Perimeter defense is vital. This is an extremely important game, as a streak and a home win are both desperately needed to keep this season alive. Later.


Knicks-Celtics Tonight

Oh man. If the Knicks get one more win this year, I hope it's tonight against the bumbling pig-dogs known as the Boston Celtics. I hate the Celtics. Recap coming later.

Moving on...For those of you who thought that Nate Robinson's block on Yao was the only baller-ass thing he's done this year, behold.

Gotta love that kid.

Go Knicks.

EDIT: I don't know who it is that says "Slam Dunk Champion!" in that video, but he sounds exactly like the guy from Chappelle's Show that says "Cradle of fuckin civilization!"


Happy Turkey Day

The Knicks got straight up violated last night in Timberland. I couldn't stomach to watch it after a little while. At least someone's happy.


Let's All Be Thankful

The Knicks take on the T-Wolves tonight at the Target Center. Most important is the play of Francis and Marbury, who has a complicated relationship with the city of Minneapolis. Recap coming late tonight or tomorrow. Moving on.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I pose this question. Do you remember the first time, if ever, you saw your favorite team live in action? Some thought and a visit to Basketballreference.com can help you pinpoint the exact date and box score from the season. I encourage bloggers and commenters to post something about their first games.

Anyway, here's mine. I have fond memories of this game. Certain players and plays are very clear in my mind. I was a young lad, but I remember being unexpectedly drawn to rooting for the Knicks (who lost).

Damn, I miss LJ.

Anyway, I think that in remembering our first game, we can reflect and be thankful for our loves of basketball and of our favorite teams. Be thankful that, among other things, we have the means, the stability, and the time to be enamored and obsessed with such a peripheral matter. In your mind and in your actions, take into account those who must concern themselves solely with their well-being or survival, and do not have the means nor the leisure to enjoy sports. Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving.


I just logged on to ESPN.com and saw this headline...

Surpise...Glee...Picturing Steve Francis back with his old team...Wondering how Isiah pulled that off...Looking at the headline again...Realizing my mistake...Crying.



Knicks-Rockets Crumbs

What's up kids. There's some residue floating around from last night's game...

The Cavalier at Yay Sports thinks that last night's game was the first turn of a downward spiral for Marbury on the Knicks. It's frightening, but he might have a point.

Forget the shoes...Look for Starbury Keffiyehs coming to a store near you.

Knickerblogger sheds some light on the development of Mittens, and why he sucks baboon balls.

Tas and Skeets read my e-mail on the new Basketball Jones podcast, and spread the "Mittens" gospel. Bonus.

And finally...THE BLOCK ON VIDEO! Uncut, in real time, with the original soundtrack. Dope.
I may be biased, but I'd say Nate had minimal contact with Yao's eye. That was clean, kids. Damn, that was awesome.

Anyway, the Knicks head to Timberland tomorrow, so expect some preview action coming at ya. Later.


Rockets 97, Knicks 90

The Knicks decided to put a little twist on their most recent loss. It fit the usual template- starters suck, bench comeback, giving up threes, can't close out- but added in was some fairly solid off the ball defense. Lee, Robinson, Crawford, and even Curry at times, caused a lot of deflections, steals, and blocks.I'm all for a little more gambling on defense. Steals and blocks are certainly conducive to the fast break offense that Isiah originally wanted to run. The perimeter defense is gonna have to be more reliable before the guards start gambling a lot though. Anyway, I loved that McGrady and Yao were denied the ball during certain stretches. It's a good way to go. Game notes...

- I wrote on my notepad that Eddy Curry needs to develop a face the basket game, and he immediately buried an 8 foot jumper. After that, he was completely useless.

- Speaking of Curry, I've decided on a nickname. I'm fairly proud of it, but if you've got better I'd love to hear it. Ready? "Mittens." Eddy "Mittens" Curry. The reasons are fairly simple. Have you ever tried to make/throw a snowball with mittens? It slips everywhere and you have no control. This is how Eddy Curry handles a basketball. He drops, it throws it every which way and has it stripped out of his arms. It's as if he's wearing mittens. I think the name also insinuates his general softness of demeanor. Make it stick.


- Now that Eddy Curry has a nickname, David Lee needs one. He cleans up messes, but "The Custodian" is already taken. Hmm. He keeps balls alive...I need help with this one.

- There are times when I think Frye needs to get a motivational speech from the guy who played Yul Brenner in Cool Runnings. Speaking of which, the actor Leon (Derice Bannock) was at the game.

"I see pride! I see power! I see a badass mother who don't take no crap off of nobody!"

- Man, Marbury and Francis look old. The effort is lacking, but these guys look as if they've actually lost the skills that made them famous. They both simply cannot get to the basket. The physical strength and agility is completely missing.

- Question: When they have commercials for TV's and stuff like that, the images on the televisions are often these really generic sports scenes. Do they stage fake football and basketball games with guys in two-color, nameless jerseys solely for these commercials? I need to know.

- Yo, Vagisil Vassilis Spanoulis needs a comb and a razor like now.

Ew, dude.

- Finally, The Block. Wow. For those of you who missed it, Yao Ming went to shoot a turnaround J dunk in the post, and Nate Robinson came flying out of nowhere for a righteous stuff. Yao bent over and grabbed his face like a little bitch, and David Lee got a nasty dunk at the other end. Great sequence, one of the filthiest defensive stops in NBA history. No picture or video of this yet, but let me know if you see anything.

Anyway, an aggravating loss, but nothing new when it comes to 2006 Knicks basketball. Oh well. See ya tomorrow.

Knicks-Rockets Tonight

The Rockets come to town tonight, in what might be the hardest existing matchup for the Knicks. Yao Ming is the best center is the league. T-Mac is a versatile threat. Alston, Battier, and Head can all shoot the three. Basically, New York's gonna have to go bananas on offense or the game's already over.

Other stuff...

The Rockets' website jumps out at you with some porn music and dancing Dikembe Mutombo bobbleheads. Actually, now that I look at it, it's a fucking bobbleFINGER. Snap!

I'm never visitng the Rockets' website again.

Great post from Knickerblogger

I'm number three in Pounding the Rock's fake money fake betting fake contest. Boo-yah.

Recap later. Peace.


Sunday Lookalikes

Kendrick Perkins vs. Telly

I hate the Celtics.

Refs 122, Knicks 118

Let me just say that the Celtics are not a good basketball team. They're not better than the Knicks. So there. Game notes:

- 63 foul shots. I'm pretty sure you couldn't foul someone that many times if you were trying. The refs need to get their heads straight.

- Paul Pierce is a prick. Really.

I hate the Celtics.

- The Knicks started off the game 10-0 on a flurry of dunks and layups. A timeout was called, and the drum squad known as the "New York Sticks" came out to play. The game resumed and the Celtics promptly took the lead. Therefore, the New York Sticks are responsible for the loss.

- Even when the Knicks took the lead in the fourth, I knew they were gonna lose. It was just that kind of game.

- Patrick Ewing was there. That was awesome.

Sign him!

While we're at it, sign him!

- I have nothing else to say. That was a disgrace of a basketball game.